New Mexico Coalition to Enhance Working Lands (NMCEWL) is a network of groups and individuals whose purpose is to support and enhance ongoing efforts to improve the health and productivity of New Mexico working lands that support agriculture and the environment. Our focus is to increase soil health, biodiversity, and hydrologic function wherever possible.
This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 4th Annual NMCEWL Summit is going to be a virtual event. We have all learned a great deal throughout 2020 about engaging and collaborating in virtual spaces, and are grateful for the work so many of our partners have done to make those spaces more accessible and sustainable.
The 2021 Summit will be held via Zoom, and will aim to be a place we can talk, share, and vision together for the upcoming year. Because of feedback we've heard from many individuals and organizations, we do not want to contribute to Zoom and virtual meeting overload, and therefore are hosting the Summit in an alternative format.
This year, presentations from individuals and organizations are being recorded prior to the day of the summit to be made available as podcast episodes! Each episode will highlight a unique collaboration at the intersection of agriculture and conservation in New Mexico. We are encouraging Summit participants to listen to the episodes prior to the Summit--in the car, during your lunch, or whenever it is most convenient for you! Episodes will be accompanied by several questions to guide thinking and promote conversation around successful collaborations in the state, and to reflect on our own work.
On April 21, we will gather together to share reflections, ideas, and visions for how we can continue to collaborate and work across our various sectors to positively impact the collective efforts to enhance working lands in New Mexico.
Ep. 8 New Mexico Collaborations: Toner Mitchell and Trout Unlimited
Executive Director of the Quivira Coalition meets with Toner Mitchell from Trout Unlimited to share stories from his time bringing together collaborative conservation projects from around the state.
Ep. 7 New Mexico Collaborations: Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard
In this episode we are joined by Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard from the State Land Office. She shares with us the challenges and joys in working with a wide variety of stakeholders--from lessees to government agencies to nonprofits. Interview by Arielle Quintana.
Ep. 5 New Mexico Collaborations: Patricia Dowd of Western Landowners Alliance
Steph Marie von Ancken speaks to Patricia on bringing diverse interests together to achieve a common goal: the conservation, restoration and protection of lands, water and wildlife. She is the Policy Associate at the Western Landowners Alliance.
Ep. 6: New Mexico Collaborations: Dr. Valerie Small and Sebastian Africano and Trees, Water & People
Join co-host Arielle Quintana for a conversation with Sebastian Africano and Dr. Valerie Small about the work that the organization Trees, Water & People is doing in New Mexico!
Ep. 4: New Mexico Collaborations: Gabaccia Moreno and More Inclusive Public Lands
Gabaccia is a first-generation Mexican-American multi-disciplinary creator, consultant, and passionate outdoor advocate #ExploringResponsibly wherever life takes her. Having grown up in Veracruz, Mexico to a family of hunters and ranchers gave her an appreciation for the land and its wildlife at an early age, one that prevails today.
Ep. 3 New Mexico Collaborations: Lilly Irvin-Vitela and New Mexico First
In this edition of our podcast leading up to the 4th Annual NMCEWL Summit, we are honored to hear from Lilly Irvin-Vitela, the Executive Director at NM First. Lilly is a trained restorative justice facilitator and practitioner, and brings that expertise to her work of convening a wide variety of stakeholders to work together around critical issues impacting the state of New Mexico. Today she is sharing some of her experiences with and hopes for collaborative efforts in New Mexico.